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A woman gets out of a polling booth prior to casting her vote at a polling station during the governor's election in Saint Petersburg on September 8, 2019. Russia's internet regulator blocked independent news website Fergana on October 1, 2019. (AFP/Olga Maltseva)

Russian internet regulator blocks independent Fergana news website

Vilnius, October 2, 2019–Russian authorities should immediately reinstate access to the independent news website Fergana, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon speaks during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on September 19, 2017. The independent Tajik news agency Asia Plus has been offline since August 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Independent Tajik news agency Asia Plus kicked offline

Washington, D.C., September 10, 2019–Websites and email addresses belonging to embattled independent news agency Asia Plus in Tajikistan have been down since August 19, according to the agency and Radio Ozodi, the Tajik-language service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, April 2013

A legislative milestone in Mexico In what CPJ called “a step forward in the fight against impunity,” Mexico approved legislation that would implement a constitutional amendment giving federal authorities broader jurisdiction to prosecute crimes against freedom of expression.  The legislation, passed on April 25, will implement a constitutional amendment approved by the Mexican federal congress in 2012. The measure…

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Access restored, but ban on Fergahana News remains

On Wednesday, more than a year after being blocked in Kyrgyzstan by government order, Ferghana News was again accessible to the public without the aid of proxy servers. Most local Internet providers, including the state-owned Kyrgyz Telecom, restored access to the website, Daniil Kislov, Ferghana’s editor, told CPJ.

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Ferghana News appeals censorship order in Kyrgyzstan

New York, April 9, 2013–Lawyers for Ferghana News, a website blocked in Kyrgyzstan for more than a year, have filed an appeal urging the courts to overturn the ban that they say violates fundamental civil rights. The Committee to Protect Journalists urges the court to find in favor of the website and order restoration of…

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News site blocked after covering Tajik official’s murder

New York, July 24, 2012–Authorities in Tajikistan blocked domestic access to the independent regional news website Asia-Plus on Monday after the outlet reported on the murder of a high-ranking security official and its aftermath, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the government to immediately restore access to the site.

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Kyrgyz government blocks access to news website

New York, February 23, 2012–The Kyrgyz government’s decision to block access to the independent news website Ferghana News contradicts the country’s declared commitment to press freedom and should be overturned immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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State-owned Internet provider blocks Kazakh news sites

New York, April 29, 2010—Kazakh authorities must order the state-owned Internet Internet provider Kazakhtelecom to immediately restore access to the independent news portal Respublika and the Web site of its sister publication Respublika-Delovoye Obozreniye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Newspaper suspended, TV station raided in Kyrgyzstan

New York, April 2, 2010—Authorities in Kyrgyzstan should halt their ongoing crackdown on independent and opposition news outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A Bishkek court suspended a pro-opposition newspaper on Wednesday—the third such suspension this month—while financial police confiscated newsroom computers belonging to an independent Web-based television channel on Thursday, effectively taking…

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Government controls on news compromise vote in Tajikistan

New York, November 3, 2006—Repression of opposition and independent news media has compromised the fairness of Monday’s presidential election, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. President Imomali Rakhmonov seeks a third, seven-year term in the balloting. “We’re greatly concerned that Tajik authorities have deprived citizens of independent and diverse sources of news at a…

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